Sunday, February 7, 2016

Maya Grill - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Last night, we had dinner at Maya Grill, a table service restaurant at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort that serves traditional Mexican and American dishes.  Maya Grill is run by the same restaurant group as Las Ventanas and the Pepper Market at Coronado Springs, and La Hacienda de San Angel, San Angel Inn Restaurante, and La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.  I was told that they will soon be opening a Mexican restaurant in Disney Springs, which must be Frontera Fresco.  Because these restaurants are not owned and operated by Disney, they do not have the allergy-friendly menus that were introduced at Disney World last year.


Maya Grill used to mark gluten free options on their menu, but now, they only label dishes that contain nuts.  Our server told me that most dishes can be made gluten free, and was ready to take my order, but I asked to speak to a chef before I made any decisions.  



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Namaste Waffle & Pancake Mix

In January, we took a cruise on the Disney Fantasy, where I had gluten free Mickey waffles for the first time on any of my seven cruises on the Disney Cruise Line.  They tasted so good, I asked the chef how he made them.  Chef Sinclair told me that he uses Namaste Waffle & Pancake Mix, and adds a little honey, which is why they tasted slightly sweet.  Namaste is one of the waffle mixes used at Walt Disney World restaurants to make Disney-themed waffles.


When we got home, I had no luck finding the mix at any of my local grocery stores, so I ordered it from Vitacost.com.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Tasty Trend - Winter Garden

Last week, I had a chance to sample four different gluten free cupcakes made by The Tasty Trend, a 100% gluten free bakery specializing in cupcakes.  On February 13th, just in time for Valentine's Day, they will celebrate the grand opening of their storefront in Winter Garden.


My favorite cupcake was the tasty chocolate, which my gluten-eating daughters enjoyed as well.  As I ate it, I kept thinking that it reminded me of milk chocolate, which is great, because I love milk chocolate.  The chocolate cake was moist, and the chocolate buttercream was not overly sweet.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dinner on the Disney Fantasy - Part 2

Last week, my family took a seven night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy.  This was our 7th time cruising with the Disney Cruise Line, but our first on the Disney Fantasy.  You can read my first three dinner reviews from our latest cruise here.


On the fourth night of our cruise, we dined in Animator's Palate for the second time.  Your first dinner at Animator's Palate on the Disney Fantasy features the Underwater Magic show with characters from Finding Nemo.  The fourth night of our cruise was Pirate night, so all three Main Dining restaurants featured the same menu.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Bella Lucia Gluten Free Pizzelle

Earlier today, my latest order from Vitacost.com arrived, with two packages of Bella Lucia gluten free vanilla pizzelle.  I stumbled across them when searching for some gluten free cookies my daughter Emma wanted me to buy for her.  We have actually tried Bella Lucia gluten free pizzelle before, but I have always had to order them from their website.


Both my husband and I grew up eating the pizzelle our Italian grandmothers made.  As a kid, I loved making ice cream sandwiches with these Italian waffle cookies.


Dinner on the Disney Fantasy - Part 1

Last week, my family took a seven night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy.  This was our 7th time cruising with the Disney Cruise Line, but our first on the Disney Fantasy.  You can read about my previous experiences dining gluten free on the Disney Dream and the Disney Magic here.


Every time we have sailed with the Disney Cruise Line, I have had my travel agent note my dietary restrictions on my reservation, so our dining team is prepared when I arrive.  You can also fill out a special services form that notes your food allergies, and submit it to the Disney Cruise Line.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Remy Champagne Brunch - Disney Fantasy

Last week, my family took a seven night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy.  This was our 7th time cruising with the Disney Cruise Line, but our first on the Disney Fantasy.  You can read about my previous experiences dining gluten free on the Disney Dream and the Disney Magic here.


Before we sailed, I made reservations for brunch and dinner at Palo, and brunch at Remy, the two adults only restaurants on the Disney Fantasy.  Palo, which serves Italian cuisine, is on all four Disney Cruise Line ships, while Remy, which features a French-inspired menu, is only on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.  Be sure to look up to see Remy, the star of the film Ratatouille, when you enter the restaurant.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Broccoli Chicken Pizza with Udi's Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Last week on our cruise on the Disney Fantasy, I enjoyed a Margherita pizza and herb flatbread made with Udi's gluten free pizza crust.


On Sunday night, I made a Palo-inspired herb bread with Udi's gluten free pizza crust to go with the pasta dish I was making for dinner.  You can view the recipe here.